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Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
WPP PR Unit Slips 4.5% in Half
By Kevin McCauley
 
wppWPP today reported a 4.5 percent revenues dip to $718.9M during the first half for its PR/PA unit that includes Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Burson-Marsteller, RLM Finsbury and Ogilvy.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
BlueFocus PR Revenue Pushes $200M
By Greg Hazley
 
bluefocusGrowing Chinese ad/PR group BlueFocus Communications reported first half PR revenue jumped 67% to $198M while overall revenues soared 122% to $428M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
MDC Revenues, Profits Surge in Q2
By Greg Hazley
 
mdcMDC Partners reported revenue for the second quarter 2014 rose 10.5% to $317.7M, including organic growth of 7%, while net income soared nearly 68% to $16.5M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Jul. 24, 2014
Hedge Fund Buys Up IPG Shares
By Greg Hazley
 
elliottActivist hedge fund Elliott Management said in an SEC filing it has built up a 6.7% stake in Interpublic in a bid to "engage in a constructive dialog" with IPG's board "regarding steps to maximize shareholder value."
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014
Publicis First-Half Net Sinks 17%
By Kevin McCauley
 
maurice levyPublicis Groupe suffered a 16.9% plunge in first-half net to $352M on flat revenues of $4.5B due to cancellation or postponement of campaigns and lousy economic conditions in Europe and emerging markets.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014
Omnicom PR Units Jump 6.2% in Q2
By Greg Hazley
 
omnicomOmnicom revenues across its PR operations jumped 6.2% in the second quarter to $357M as overall revenues at the marketing conglomerate climbed 6.4% to nearly $3.9B.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
PR Powers Interpublic's Solid Q2 Gains
By Kevin McCauley
 
interpublicInterpublic's Constituency Management Group, which includes PR operations, jumped 10.9% in the second quarter to $355.4M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Jul. 17, 2014
Study: The Most (and Least) Respected Brands
By Greg Hazley
 
corebrandCoca-Cola and PepsiCo, despite losing some luster over the healthy foods movement, are the most respected corporate brands, while Delta Airlines and H&R Block top the list of least respected names, according to a study by consultancy CoreBrand.
Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Jul. 16, 2014
Study: Digital Hastens Communications, Marketing Merge
By Greg Hazley
 

convergenceThe rate of chief communications officers who also lead marketing is up 35% in the past two years, a Weber Shandwick study shows, hastened by the digital era.

Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Jul. 3, 2014
Private Equity Firm Shops Ad/PR Holding Company
By Greg Hazley
 
vision7Mill Road Capital, a Connecticut private equity firm, said it is conducting a "strategic review" of its North American assets that include a majority stake in Vision7, the marketing communications holding company of US units Citizen Relations (PR) and Dare (creative). 
Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Jun. 25, 2014
WPP Revenues Inch Ahead 1.2%
By Kevin McCauley
 
wppWPP revenues rose 1.2 percent to $7.5B during the first five months of 2014, but CEO Martin Sorrell prefers to point to the conglom's 9.8 percent growth -- once currency fluctuations are stripped from the financials.
Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Jun. 11, 2014
IPG's Kelley to Bloomberg Media COO
By Kevin McCauley
 
jacki kelleyInterpublic's Jacki Kelley has been named COO/media at Bloomberg Media in charge of business operations for TV, print, radio, mobile, digital and event platforms and creating new marketing opportunities.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., May 27, 2014
Omnicom Cuts Deal with Twitter
By Kevin McCauley
 
twitter, omnicomOmnicom has cut a mobile ad buying deal with Twitter worth nearly $250M during the next two years.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., May 27, 2014
Interpublic Hits 52-Week High
By Kevin McCauley
 
interpublicInterpublic Group today touched its 52-week high of $18.91, continuing its bullish run since April.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., May 22, 2014
Interpublic, Omnicom's Tale of Contrasting Annual Meetings
By Kevin McCauley
 
omnicom, interpublicInterpublic today conducted an efficient annual meeting in the McGraw-Hill Building auditorium in New York, while Omnicom staged its session in the DC office of FleishmanHillard. There was a stark difference between the two.
Category: Marketing Communications
Mon., May 19, 2014
Who Needs Omnicom? Certainly Not Publicis
By Kevin McCauley
 
maurice levyPublicis Groupe today announced a multi-year partnership with Facebook that reportedly covers about $500M in North American advertising.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., May 9, 2014
Sorrell Says Ego Killed 'Publicom'
By Kevin McCauley
 
sorrellWPP CEO Martin Sorrell told Reuters “ego” killed the $35B mega-merger between Publicis Groupe and Omnicom.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., May 9, 2014
Havas Sees Q1 Growth in North America, UK
By Greg Hazley
 
havasHavas reported first quarter revenue rose three percent to €389M -- about $537M -- on an organic basis on strong gains in North America and the UK.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., May 8, 2014
Omnicom, Publicis Call Off Merger
By Greg Hazley
 
omnicomUpdated: Omnicom and Publicis have pulled the plug on their $35B mega-merger, citing management and regulatory issues.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., May 6, 2014
Makovsky Brings in Digital Creative Chief
By Greg Hazley
 
ross sutherlandMakovsky has brought in Ogilvy and Young & Rubicam alum Ross Sutherland to fill the vacant slot atop its digital branding practice.
Category: Marketing Communications
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